Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church The Ecumenical Patriarchate – Archdiocese of America – Metropolis of Atlanta EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY 6th Sunday of Luke Memory of the Holy Great Martyr Artemios Memory of our devout father Gerasimos of Cephalonia
The stone had been secured with a seal by the Judeans, * and a guard of soldiers was watching Your immaculate body. * You rose on the third day, O Lord * and Savior, granting life unto the world. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ; * glory to Your kingdom; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind.
Your Martyr, O Lord, was worthily awarded by You * the crown of incorruption, in that he contested for You our immortal God. * Since he possessed Your power, he defeated the tyrants, * dashing the demons' powerless displays of defiance. * O Christ God, at his fervent entreaties, save our souls.
O believers, let us praise the protector of the Orthodox, the God-bearing miracle worker lately appearing to us, the incarnate angel, divine Gerasimos. For he has rightly received from God the ever-flowing grace of performing healings. He strengthens those with diseases and he heals those with demons. And therefore he pours out healings to those who honor him.
O Protection of Christians that never falls, intercession with the Creator that never fails, we sinners beg you, do not ignore the voices of our prayers. O good Lady, we implore you, quickly come unto our aid, when we cry out to you with faith. Hurry to intercession, and hasten to supplication, O Theotokos who protect now and ever those who honor you.
The Epistle The reading is from Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11
Brethren, the point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
The Gospel The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 8:26-39
At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
*************** The new members of the Parish Council for the Year 2019 will take the oath immediately after the Divine Liturgy. Ray Malek Jaycob Warfel Herodotos Pentas Gassham Alyatim
************************************************* NOTE - Annual Parish Assembly - Parish Council Election Parish Council Nominee Seminar in Pensacola December 1st (Saturday) at 10:00 am This is to remind you that on Sunday December 2nd, 2018 will be the Annual Parish Assembly taking place after the Divine Liturgy. The election of the Parish Council Members will take place on December 16th, 2018 immediately after the Divine Liturgy. Allmembers in good standing are asked to participate in this process, which is required under the regulations of the Greek Archdiocese of America and Metropolis of Atlanta, and Parish By-laws. PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2018 There are three (3) vacancies to be filled and four (4) candidates presented their names for the next term year of 2019. Herodotos Pentas Jaycob Warfel Andrew Thompson Ray Malek This week His Eminence ratified our elections: new elected members are Ray Malek, Jaycob Warfel and Herodotos Pentas
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